"Fifty Worst Films Of All Time", Compiled by Harry Medved and Randy Dreyfuss, 1978

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1. New Moon (1940)

Passed | 105 min | Musical, Romance, Adventure

On a Louisiana-bound ship, a nobleman planning a campaign for liberty encounters an heiress.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mary Boland, George Zucco

Votes: 465

"The script, provided by Jacques Deval and Robert Arthur, is meager in lively details, and what there is of it seems to flow rather sluggishly..." Bosley Crowther, New York Times

2. Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Lucille La Verne

Votes: 1,193

"Totally dull...unbelievably slow dialogue...dull episodic overlong production...(Una Merkel's) portrayal of Ann Rutlegde must qualify as the worst example of miscasting in the history of cinema." - Anthony Slide, The Films of D.W. Griffith.

3. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An American barroom pianist and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young

Votes: 16,427

"all out preposterous horror" - John Simon, Esquire "so witless you can't believe it was made by the man who directed The Wild Bunch" - Vincent Canby, New York Times "the only kind of analysis it really invites is psychoanalysis" - Joy Gould Boyum, Wall Street Journal "Bring me the head of the of the studio who released this one." - Gene Shalit

4. Lost Horizon (1973)

G | 150 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La. Hidden from the rest of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, George Kennedy

Votes: 1,926 | Gross: $3.00M

"Worst Movie of the Year" - Esquire Magazine "Atrocious...lame-brained.." - William Wolf "As uplifting as a whalebone bra - and just as dated" Arthur Cooper, Newsweek.

5. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 97,514 | Gross: $4.27M

"A dreadfully silly film...Its horrors are not horrible, its terrors are not terrifying, its violence is ludicrous." - New York Times "I did it strictly for the money. I was flat broke...I do find it horrifying how many people actually believe all this silliness." David Seltzer. He wrote the screenplay.

6. Parnell (1937)

Passed | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The life of Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell, following from 1880 onward his struggle to secure Home Rule, pursued in prison, Parliament, and elsewhere. Emphasis is on the ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Edna May Oliver, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 417 | Gross: $1.58M

"A singularly pallid, tedious and unconvincing drama...Mr. Gable's speeches ring with insincerity." - Frank S. Nugent, New York Times "Disastrous...Probably the worst biopic ever made." - David Shipman "Parnell? No! Clark Gable, in his worst miscasting. He looks like a steel-union organizer gone Park Avenue and walks through his part with the heavy tread of the Golem." - Rob Wagner. "If Parnell was as woozy a goof as Gable portrayed him in the picture, Ireland still wouldn't be free." Carole Lombard, who was married to Gable at the time.

7. Return of Sabata (1971)

PG | 100 min | Western

Hobsonville's citizens hire a gunslinger to rid them of the McIntock clan that is forcibly and unlawfully taxing the townsfolk under the pretext of town development.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Reiner Schöne, Giampiero Albertini, Ignazio Spalla

Votes: 1,481

"It makes little or no sense. Lee Van Cleef simply does his thing which consists of moving his right nostril (the rest of his face remains as immovable as stone). Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News.

8. Robot Monster (1953)

Approved | 66 min | Sci-Fi

The monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter.

Director: Phil Tucker | Stars: George Nader, Gregory Moffett, Claudia Barrett, Selena Royle

Votes: 4,141 | Gross: $1.00M

"A crazy mixed up movie...The seven man cast has to keep pretty busy, especially the not-too-threatening robot, who resembles a gorilla from the neck down." Los Angeles Times "Scripting and majority of performances rarely rise to a professional level...of the principlas, the less said the better." - Variety

9. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Not Rated | 81 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.

Director: Nicholas Webster | Stars: John Call, Leonard Hicks, Vincent Beck, Bill McCutcheon

Votes: 10,186

"Absolutely the worse science-fiction flick ever made, bar none" - Monster Times "Overly saccharine and nonsensical." - Boxoffice "Obvious and square cut as cheese." - Howard Thompson

10. Say One for Me (1959)

120 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Father Conroy (Crosby) has a parish which serves the acting and performance community. When one of his parishoners gets too sick to work, his daughter Holly (Reynolds) finds a job working ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Bing Crosby, Robert Wagner, Ray Walston

Votes: 203

"About as simple and uncerebral as it can get without coming to a dead stop." - New York Herald Tribune "trying to prove that God is on the size of the biggest production numbers." "By the time (Father Conroy) has straightened out their affairs, one feels him to be a sentimental, meddling cluck..." - Hollis Alpert "Tasteless and disturbing..." - Variety

11. Solomon and Sheba (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, History, Romance

After becoming king of ancient Israel, Solomon faces threats coming from his jealous dispossessed brother Adonijah, the Egyptian Pharaoh and the scheming Queen of Sheba.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 2,620 | Gross: $12.20M

"The film may well owe a debt to society for its cosmic breaches of taste, morality and intelligence. Penance is due." - Cue "Dialogue is often banal and bromides rub uneasy shoulders with Biblical quotations." - Variety

12. Spinout (1966)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Band singer/race driver Mike McCoy must choose between marrying a beautiful rich girl and driving her father's car in a prestigious race.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Dodie Marshall

Votes: 1,554

"monotonously and unfailingly vacuous.." - Richard Davis, Films and Filming "foolish and altogether improbable..." - Hollywood Reporter

13. The Story of Mankind (1957)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Ronald Colman, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

Votes: 993

"It is the kind of pontification that any kid who has ever dozed through a history class has learned to see through." - Richard W. Nason, New York Times

14. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno | Stars: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba

Votes: 3,692

"One of the worst monster films ever...an idiotic kiddie show!...The theme song can drive you right up a ceiling." - The Monster Times

15. Myra Breckinridge (1970)

R | 94 min | Comedy

After undergoing gender reassignment surgery, an aspiring actress travels to Hollywood, where she also wants to make a claim on her wealthy uncle's estate.

Director: Michael Sarne | Stars: Mae West, John Huston, Raquel Welch, Rex Reed

Votes: 2,543 | Gross: $3.00M

"As bad as any movie ever made" - Leonard Maltin "So tasteless that it represents some sort of nadir in American cinema...Myra Brekinridge is about as funny as a child molester.." - Time Magazine "a self-consciously mod disjointed patchwork of leers vulgarity and general ineptness." - William Wolf "a single monument to sterile fantasies and pathetic impotence." - Wall Street Journal "Myra Breckinridge collapses like a tired smirking elephant with no place to go..." - Howard Thompson, New York Times

16. North West Mounted Police (1940)

Passed | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 1885, a Texas Ranger travels to Canada to arrest a trapper who's wanted for murder and who's stirring up the Natives in a rebellion against the Canadian government.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster

Votes: 1,313

"the story is a heavy accumulation of dramatic cliches...a big sprawling sometimes tedious picture in which the note of heroism if beaten like a drum to the accompanying clash of color symbols." - Bosley Crowther, New York Times "Frankly claptrap." - Newsweek

17. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 17,862 | Gross: $0.01M

"I got one clear impression from Last Year at Marienbad, and that was of Resnais and Robbe-Grillet grinning wickedly at each other above the heads of a trustful public that was flagging its poor little brain into some notion of what in hell the picture is all about." - Robert Hatch, The Nation "So repetitous, slow-moving and difficult to understand that it made me drowsy. This film is really the oddest thing ever shown on the screen...I think it's a lot of pseudo-artistic HOOEY." - Hazel Flynn, Hollywood Citizen-News

18. At Long Last Love (1975)

G | 118 min | Comedy, Musical

This film was Peter Bogdanovich's homage to musical comedies of the 1930s. A millionaire named Michael Oliver Pritchard III and a singer named Kitty O'Kelly meet and fall in love. Meanwhile... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Madeline Kahn, Duilio Del Prete

Votes: 980 | Gross: $3.27M

"If this Peter Bogdanovich fiasco were any more of a dog, it would shed...The film cost $6 million - it looks like Fox spent $100 on Bogdanovich, $900 on Burt Reynolds and $5,999,000 on singing and dancing lessons for Cybill Shepherd." - John Barbour, Los Angeles "This is failure so dismal that it goes beyond failure. The musical is not trash, exactly. Its rottenness lies in the pretension and inflated ego behind its conception, in its pandering to film-buff nostalgia, and in some of the sorriest casting ever to sink a production..." Hollis Alpert, Saturday Review "I think we bombed!" Burt Reynolds, who starred in the movie.

19. Trouble Man (1972)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Things begin to unravel when a supercool black fixer is hired to straighten out some crooks.

Director: Ivan Dixon | Stars: Robert Hooks, Paul Winfield, Ralph Waite, William Smithers

Votes: 830

"predictable, bland narrative...most of the violence is staged unimaginatively and quickly become frustratingly boring" - Hollywood Reporter "Trouble Man is a big rip-off, copy cat in form and inept in execution.' - Los Angeles Herald Examiner

20. Jet Attack (1958)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

Three American pilots are shot down behind enemy lines during the Korean war, where they encounter a mysterious Russian nurse. Their life is in her hands.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Agar, Audrey Totter, Gregory Walcott, James Dobson

Votes: 137

"Scriptwise, the film crawls with cliches...There is also an improbable east of movement behind enemy lines, but then, when Korea looks so much like Chatsworth, we suppose anything is possible." - Los Angeles Times

21. The Horror of Party Beach (1964)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Musical

Sea creatures created from radioactive sludge terrorize a beach community.

Director: Del Tenney | Stars: John Scott, Alice Lyon, Allan Laurel, Eulabelle Moore

Votes: 2,392

"(Monster's faces) are so phoney as to become almost fascinating, particularly a cluster of what looks like sausages in their mouths...The standard of acting is very weak, including the most expressionless and inanimate heroine of all time" Monthly Film Bulletin "The question in The Horror of Party Beach" is, which is more horrible, the monsters or the rock 'n' roll? The most curious aspect...is why, after the first couple of homicides, the rest of the victims linger around the disaster area, waiting for the worst. Audiences lured into the theater may ask themselves the same thing."

22. Hurry Sundown (1967)

Approved | 146 min | Drama

Following World War II, a northern cannery combine negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land is owned by Julie Ann Warren ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Diahann Carroll

Votes: 900 | Gross: $9.00M

"...an execrable film. Indeed it is very possibly the worst major production to come out of Hollywood in the 1960's." - Life Magazine "A terrible movie...meretricious nonsense from start to finish." - New Yorker "hopelessly corny cliched soap opera." - William Wolf, Cue

23. Eegah (1962)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Teenagers stumble across a prehistoric caveman, who goes on a rampage.

Director: Arch Hall Sr. | Stars: Arch Hall Jr., Marilyn Manning, Richard Kiel, Arch Hall Sr.

Votes: 5,237

"Lowest Rating...Ridiculous Thriller." - Steven H. Scheuer

24. Dondi (1961)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Six American GIs stationed in Italy befriend an orphaned boy, but the soldiers remain unaware that the lad has stowed away with them when they return to the U.S. The six go their separate ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Zugsmith | Stars: David Janssen, Patti Page, Walter Winchell, Mickey Shaughnessy

Votes: 218

"Insipid...Dondi is played by one of the most untalented child performers ever to appear on the screen." - Steven H. Scheuer "Intolerably sweet...syrupy...the lovableness bit simply grows intolerable." - Variety "Watch this film and you'll know why David Janseen became a fugitve!" - Leonard Maltin

25. The Conqueror (1956)

Approved | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, History

Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 2,813 | Gross: $4.50M

"A technicolored cloud of charming horsemen, childish dialogue and redimentary romance...An illusion persists that this Genghis Khan is merely Hopalong Cassidy in Cathay. Should get a few unintentional laughs..." - A.H. Weiler, New York Times "The terror of two continents takes almost two full hours to win one girl, so the script just skips the conquest of Asia. It apparently wasn't very important anyway." - Time "A well-nigh perfectly horrible example of Hollywood's prostitution of history..." - Moira Walsh, America Magazine "One of Wayne's worst. He simply shudders when anyone mentioned this film." Alan G. Barbour, The Films of John Wayne

26. Daughter of the Jungle (1949)

Approved | 69 min | Adventure

An airplane, carrying policeman and gangsters, crash-lands in a jungle, where they discover a white girl and her father, lost twelve years previously in another plane crash. The father and ... See full summary »

Director: George Blair | Stars: Lois Hall, James Cardwell, Sheldon Leonard, James Nolan

Votes: 31

"leaps broadly outside the realm of logic." - Variety

27. Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell, Rita Corday

Votes: 1,029

"Clues are handed to Dick Tracy on a plate and it would be difficult not to solve the crimes. The story is poorly constructed and full of flaws." - Monthly Film Bulletin

28. Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, History

During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Lyudmila Tselikovskaya, Serafima Birman, Mikhail Nazvanov

Votes: 8,151

"a motionless motion picture. In some scenes only the slow movement of the eyeballs gives evidence of life." - Los Angeles Daily News "a series of dramatic tableaux with rather choppy continuity and minimum of subtlety in the characterization." - Newsweek "I've missed my chance. I didn't die at the right time. What monument you would have raised in my memory if I had died staight after The Battleship Potemkin! I've made a mess of my own biography!" - Sergei Eisenstein, who directed the film

29. Jamaica Inn (1939)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Crime

In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges

Votes: 7,977

"Double disappointing...misfired period melodrama of smugglers and wreckers." - Take One "Undistinguished and creaky...there is a marked lack of enthusiasm in all this nineteenth century nonsense." George Perry, in his book "Hitchcock

30. Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

G | 120 min | Drama, Family

A skilled flyer but very rebellious young seagull is kicked out of his clan. However, instead of being sad or lonely, he decides to enjoy and explore his newfound freedom.

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, Philip Ahn, David Ladd

Votes: 1,693 | Gross: $1.60M

"cinematography look like a morgantic marriage between National Geographic and Vogue. dialogue...is supplied by uncredited voices that speak in tones usually reserved for biblical epics and heartwarming B movies about boys and their pet hamsters." - Esquire "If one must spend the better part of two hours following the adventures of a bird, far better that the hero be Daffy Duck than Jonathan Livingston Seagull...vomitous theosophy" - Time

31. King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, History, Romance

While leading the Third Crusade, King Richard Lionheart battles treachery in his own camp as well as the Saracens and their charismatic leader Saladin.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Rex Harrison, Virginia Mayo, George Sanders, Laurence Harvey

Votes: 647 | Gross: $2.10M

"Director David Butler shows us why the Crusades never amounted to much." - Time

32. The Last Movie (1971)

R | 108 min | Drama

After a film production wraps in Peru, an American wrangler decides to stay behind, witnessing how filmmaking affects the locals.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Julie Adams, Daniel Ades, Richmond L. Aguilar, John Alderman

Votes: 1,342

"Gaseous and overblown mess." - New Republic "A hateful experience." - Village Voice. "Inchoate, amateurish, self-indulgent, tedious, superficial, unfocused...dismally disappointing and depressing." - Los Angeles Times

33. A Place for Lovers (1968)

R | 88 min | Drama, Romance

Julia, a divorced American fashion designer, is dying of a tragic, incurable disease. With only ten days to live, she spends her time vacationing in an Italian villa and watching television... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Faye Dunaway, Enrico Simonetti, Karin Eugh

Votes: 557

"The most godawful piece of pseudo-romantic slop I've ever seen!" - Roger Ebert "A pretentious and overwrought tale....unfailingly boring." - Cue "A Place for Lovers is the worst movie I have seen all year and possibly since 1926." - Los Angeles Times "Trashy soap opera. It's a disaster for all concerned." - Movies on TV

34. Swamp Women (1956)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

An undercover policewoman helps three female convicts escape from prison so that they can lead her to a stash of stolen diamonds hidden in a swamp.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Marie Windsor, Carole Mathews, Beverly Garland, Jil Jarmyn

Votes: 1,507

"Heavy-handed nonsense." - Leonard Maltin

35. Swing Your Lady (1938)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Promoter Ed Hatch comes to the Ozarks with his slow-witted wrestler Joe Skopapoulos whom he pits against a hillbilly Amazon blacksmith, Sadie Horn. Joe falls in love with her and won't ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Louise Fazenda, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 377

"Vulgar, ludicrous, irresponsible" - New York Times "A sorry vehicle...As far as Bogart was concerned, the whole effort was tasteless and vulgar and he considered it his worst film performance." - Alan G. Barbour, in his biography of Humphrey Bogart

36. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)

Approved | 62 min | Western

An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Billy Curtis, Yvonne Moray, 'Little Billy' Rhodes, Billy Platt

Votes: 1,408

"As all the cast are midgets, the element of surprise is lost and and the film tends to be just another Western." - Monthly Film Bulletin "Contrived..doll-like personalities." Variety

37. That Hagen Girl (1947)

Passed | 83 min | Drama

Mary Hagen lives in a small town in Ohio and goes to Jordon Junior College. For years, there has been whispers, rumors and gossip about who are her real parents. When Tom Bates returns to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple, Rory Calhoun, Lois Maxwell

Votes: 512

"An atrocious comedy of Shirley Temple convinced she's Ronald Reagan's illegitimate daughter." - Leonard Maltin "An inept, all-thumbs scripting job that shows no comprehension of the problem." - Weekly Variety

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